Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath7 September 2008
Opening hours for the Parish Office: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday from 9.30am– 4.00pm Support and Renewal in Priestly Ministry in the Meath Diocese
The priests of the Diocese of Meath took part in a 3 day conference to address various questions on preparing for parish ministry in the future and renewal in priestly life. Congratulations to Eve Stears (Foxbrook) and Lee Cadwell (Foxlodge Woods) who were baptised recently.The Baptismal Team will meet parents, who are due to have their children baptised soon, in the Parish Pastoral Centre on Wednesday next 10th September at 8.00pm Please pray for Norah Connolly (Ratoath Nursing Home) and Liam Maher (Culmullen) father of Lisa Maher (Steeplechase Green) and Linda Maher (Moatlands) and for Maisie Fox (Ballybough) mother of Ray Fox (Jamestown Park) who died during the week. May they rest in peace.
The topics on the agenda included evangelisation, liturgy, youth ministry, rationalisation of Masses and working with the media. Among those making presentations to the priests were the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal who are currently working in Limerick city; Fr Bernard Murphy from The Bronx, New York; Senator Rónán Mullen and journalist John Waters. The conference was chaired by RTE's Eileen Dunne.
Fr Denis Nulty (Chairman of the Council of Priests) explained that the format for the conference is designed to engage all priests in the opportunities and challenges the Church of the Diocese of Meath will face into the future and to equip them with skills to meet those challenges. Fr Nulty said that: "the footprint of Church in the Diocese is changing fast with population expansion, less priests and ordained personnel and heavier demands on all in pastoral ministry. While our ultimate goal is to preach the good news of Jesus Christ in season and out of season, we need perhaps a new skill, a new confidence and a new conviction to convey this message."
Tuesday Kathleen and Martin McBurney Viatores Christi:Members of Viatores Christi will speak at all Masses next weekend. What is Viatores Christi? Viatores Christi, Catholic lay missionary development workers, was founded in 1960 and recruits, prepare and facilitates the placement of lay people who wish to serve in areas of need in Africa, Asia, South America and some parts of the US, Canada and Europe. Why are they talking to us? · To raise awareness about the missionary work of the church and the role of the lay missionaries, both at home and overseas. · To thank us for our support for this work over the years.· To offer an opportunity and preparation to anyone who feels called to volunteer their time, skills and talents.· To appeal for our ongoing help both financially and above all through our pray The Children’s Liturgy Committee will meet in the Parish Pastoral Centre on Wednesday next 10th September at 8.00pm. We are looking for a few new members to assist with the Children’s Liturgy. If you are interested, please let Fr. Patrick or Fr. Gerry know immediately.
Twenty Third Sunday in Ordinary Time
The Triumph of the Cross
Carmel & Edward Mc Auley
& Edward Gannon
& Patrick Beggy
Jim & Lydia Everard
Jack Donnelly & Mary & Joseph Elliot
& Sarah McEvoy (Month’s Mind)
Deceased Members of the Oakley Family
& Peter Murray
The Parish Choir will be resuming their practices on this Tuesday 9th September. They practice in
the Parish Pastoral Centre on Tuesday nights at 8.30pm and they lead the singing at the 12.15pm
Mass on Sunday and at major liturgical occasions. New members welcome.
Many Thanks to all who contributed so generously to last week church collection for the Senior Citizens annual party which raised €1505.00
Ratoath Senior Citizen Annual Party will be held in Tattersalls later in the month. If you are new to the area and require an invitation please ring Ann Brady 01 8256150
Study Theology from Home! The Dominicans are offering a full programme through distance learning. Phone 01-4048127 email
www.prioryinsitute.com Spirituality programmes begin again at An Croi in Ashbourne on September 17th /18th. These programmes include The Diploma in Spirituality (validated by Milltown Institute), The Heart of Spirituality and The Creative Way. For information contact 01-8352156 or
Course in Emmaus Retreat Centre can be seen on
Mater Dei Institute of Education – under graduate and post graduate programmesVisit www.materdei.ie Meath Diocesan Choir is looking for new members. New recruits can join at Dowdstown House, Navan on Tuesday 16 Sept at 8 pm and in St. Finian's College, Mullingar on Monday 22 Sept at 8 pm. For information contact Marguerite at 01 8251009 or Marie at 046 9557701 after 6.30 pm. Ratoath Community Support Group (supporting parents of children with special or additional needs) The next meeting will take place on Tuesday 9th September at 8pm in the Community Centre. Newcomers very welcome! For more information, please contact Doreen on 8257902. Phoenix-Tara Toastmasters public speaking club meet in Dunboyne Castle every 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month at 7.45pm beginning on 7th September. All adults welcome. Foróige are opening a second club in Ratoath. Registration for both clubs will take place in Ratoath Community Centre on Tuesday 9th September from 8 - 9.30pm. Parents are encouraged to accompany their young people. There will be a registration fee. The new junior club will cater for 12 – 14 year olds and the existing club will cater for 2nd years and upwards. Contact Joe-Anne O’Brien, Regional Y.O., 041 9846817/ 086 6579606,
School Parking: The residents of Clonkeen, while facilitating parking for school drop and collecting, would ask parents not to park at the entrance or round about or to block driveways. Your co-operation would be appreciated. Co. Meath VEC Back to Basics Course. A short course for adult learners starting September 2008.Improve your writing, reading, basic maths and computer skills. Contact Noreen on 01 8011787 Dance Fit – Get Fit, Dance It! Morning and evening “dance for fitness” courses resume next week at Ratoath Community Centre. Wednesday 10th Sept: 9.45am Improvers/ 10.45am Beginners. Thursday 11th September: 8.00pm beginners/9.00pm improvers. Call Lisa on 086-852571or log on to www.DanceFit.ie for info/to register. (other classes in Ashbourne and Dunboyne, transferrable) Ceili Dancing Classes at Gaelscoil, Ashbourne commencing Tuesday 9th Sept. from 8.30-10.00pm. Ratoath Badminton Club restarting again in Ratoath Community College sports hall on Monday 15th September 8.00pm-10.00pm Phone Philip 087 298 7279 or Fiona 086 852 3528